Sevylor Tahiti Classic Inflatable Kayak
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- 2-person inflatable kayak made of heavy-duty 26-gauge PVC
- 2 air chambers for security; tubular I-beam floor for stability
- Specially designed inflatable seats with comfortable back support
- 2 spray covers for protection; optional directional skeg
- Holds up to 400 pounds; measures 10' 7" by 2' 7"
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The Tahiti Classic Inflatable Kayak is durable, reliable, comfortable and portable. Measuring 9 Feet7 Inch long by 2 Feet2 Inch wide, the Tahiti holds two people (up to 400 pounds total) in built-in inflatable seats. The Kayak is durably constructed of heavy-duty 26-gauge PVC, with two air chambers for security and a tubular I-beam floor for stability. It includes two spray covers for protection, and has an optional directional skeg for maximum control. Guaranteed not to leak, thanks to Sevylor Feets exclusive Airtight System, the kayak Feets Double-Lock Valves prevent accidental air loss and ensure quick, easy inflation and deflation. NMMA certified.
The same kayak that twice traversed the entire length of the Amazon, the Sevylor Tahiti classic inflatable two-person kayak is ready for adventures the world over.
The Tahiti inflatable kayak seats 2 people comfortably for all-day kayaking.
Certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the two-person Tahiti measures 10 feet 7 inches by 2 feet 7 inches and holds up to 400 pounds.
The road from Sevylor's founding in 1948 to its current role as the dominant supplier of a wide range of inflatables--such as kayaks, boats, and towables--is a long one, with plenty of original inventions and innovations along the way. Established in a city suburb of Vitry, France, by electronics engineer Berco Grimbert, Sevylor originally built electrical accessories, with a sideline business dedicated to using its high-frequency welding machines to manufacture PVC consumer goods. The first inflatable to receive rave notice was a small bathtub called the Dou Dou. Perfect for postwar France, the inflatable tub was portable, convenient, practical, easy to clean, durable, and, best of all, affordable.
After moving to the picturesque Alsatian village of Buhl, the company expanded into developing valves, pumps, boats, inflatable pools, and a variety of water toys. In the ensuing years, Sevylor first developed a PVC that had "memory"--meaning it could return to its original shape regardless of temperature--and then made history by releasing an inflatable pool mattress with a headrest and circular pockets. In 1986, the company invented the Ski Bob, a real turning point in the evolution of the towables business. Today, Sevylor's innovative designs include tenders, hunting and fishing boats, specialty boats and kayaks, towables, snow tubes, air beds, pool floats, river tubes, swim and sport rings, and more.
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Buyer be ware of the new Tahiti Classics kayaks, they may look the same but are not!!!!! having the old one (now patched) I looked over the two side by side, and some interesting differnces showed up. First clue is the color/faberic the later model had a diffent color in looking close at the faberic it seemed cheaper. Moving on to the real problem with these new units (still called Tahiti Classic K79) The new air valve, They are really diffent. The old ones had a more standerd valve that has a cap that screws on (like what you get on most inflatable boats). The size of the old units (air inlet)were standerd in that just about any air pump could fit the hole and they wouldnt leak unless you unscrewed them 6 + turns to let the air out..THE NEW UNITS HAVE A CHEAP PLUG that looks and functions like those found on cheap pool toys. They don't have to be turned to release the air! you just tug on the plugs flap and the air gushes out. If you are not carefull and accidently whack these cheap plugs with a paddle or a shoe hits them while boarding the kayak the tube deflates real fast. Think how that might be in the middle of a lake or like me in the middle of a bay. Then there is the odd size of the air plugs hole. My trusty air pump dosent work with these new valves. When I did finally inflate the thing and got it on the water another interesting thing was observed. Fully inflated the new unit sagged in the middle with two people on board, not much, but moving over to the old unit there was no sag, thiner fabric in the new units maybe? The old K79 I would take between islands, out to sea (a mile). This new unit is best left to the family pool, what a shame Sevylor went this way with their popular and well priced K79 Classic. Look around for one of the old units they are a more darker yellow and don't have the blue colors on the side of the Kayak and of course they have screw on air caps on the plugs. I find using the new model a bit dangerous, so if you cant find one of the old models consider another brand.
Now I see what other reviewers were complaining about. It's one thing to buy a low-budget kayak "just for fun," but this one is simply too frustrating to use, and it's incompatible with the manufacturer's own accessories. It wouldn't even make a good pool toy, since you can't blow it up. Back it goes to Amazon! I've learned my lesson... I'll be shopping for a better boat.
It's super easy to inflate, and it stays inflated for weeks. . .at least. I did use a Coleman mattress inflator but you really could do it by just blowing it up. . .as long as you have some time and no problems like emphysema, or anything. I also recommend buying the skeg (kind of like a stationary rudder) to provide a smooth and straight ride.
We're having a blast with it.